Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Contact us for further information if you are unable to find an answer to your query.
What is citizenship by investment?
Many countries all over the world have programs that allow individuals to obtain citizenship through investment. This investment is usually made through buying real estate, investing in government bonds or even a transfer of capital. The period of time and the size of the investment required varies depending on the chosen program.
What is a Golden Visa?
A Golden Visa is a residency permit which is granted to individuals who invest in a residency-by-investment program. Investors are given a visa for a determined period of time, and can usually renew as long as they maintain their initial investment. Golden Visas also usually have a “stay requirement”, a number of days per year that investors must spend in the country to maintain residency.
What does visa-free travel mean?
Visa-free travel is when you are permitted to cross certain borders without a visa. Golden Visas and citizenship by investment can mean you are entitled to visa-free travel in specific areas, for example having a European passport can give you visa-free travel within the Schengen Zone.
Can I pay from an international bank account?
Yes, you can pay from any bank account that allows you to make international transfers. We also accept payment via PayPal or credit card.
Do I have to relocate in order to get a residency permit?
Many countries do not require you to relocate in order to obtain a residency permit. Portugal requires Golden Visa holders to spend 7 days in the country each year, whereas Cyprus requires a visit once every two years. UK investment visas require holders to spend at least 183 days in the country each year.
Can I take my spouse with me on a Golden Visa?
Yes, with most Golden Visa programs you can bring your spouse, children, parents and sometimes even grandparents with you on a single investment visa.
Can I take my children with me on a Golden Visa?
Yes, most Golden Visa programs allow you to take your children with you. Depending on the country, there are sometimes restrictions depending on the age of the child, or whether they are in full-time education.
How long does it take to get a residency permit?
The amount of time it takes to recieve your residency permit varies depending on the country, and can be as little as three weeks in the UK, to up to 6 months in Malta.
How long is the residency permit valid?
How long the residency permit is valid for depends on the program you choose to invest in. With renewal, investor residency permits are usually valid for around five years, and the renewal of the permit is usually dependent upon the initial investment being maintained.
How long does it take to get a citizenship by investment?
The amount of time it takes to obtain citizenship depends on the country and the citizenship by investment program. In Cyprus and Malta, the process takes less that six months, in Portugal investors can obtain citizenship in five years, and in Spain it takes around ten years.
Why should I use Global Citizens Solutions rather than doing it myself?
Investors can encounter many difficulties when applying for citizenship or residency, which is why it is beneficial to have an expert provide you with personalized assistance throughout the process.
This can help you by:
- Minimizing the visits you have to make to the designated country
- Having someone who works solely on your behalf
- Reducing hassle
- Getting the inside knowledge from someone with years of experience of the market